In 1984, Craig and Lea Culver, along with Craig’s parents George and Ruth, opened the very first Culver’s in the family’s hometown of Sauk City, Wis. Since the initial Culver's franchise was opened in 1990, the company has expanded to more than 450 family-owned restaurants across 19 states — and it is still growing.
The reason for the rapid expansion is simple — people love Culver's. Steve Buchmeier, who is the operating partner of the new Port Charlotte franchise, which just opened up on Dec. 9, 2013, says fans of the restaurant seek it out wherever they travel.
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